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No pay for employee commute–even on ferry.

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To travel to and from their job at an island-based prison, a group of Washington state social workers had to take a daily 20-minute ferry ride. They weren't paid for the travel time, so they sued, arguing that since they were subject to discipline and oversight on the ride, the time should count as "work." But a state appeals court tossed out the case, saying the employees were neither "on duty" nor at a "prescribed workplace" during the ride. And ordinary home-to-work travel isn't compensable. (Anderson v. Washington, No. 28449-0-II, Wash. Ct. App., 2003)

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